How Mexicans see America
May 1st, 2013
09:24 AM ET

How Mexicans see America

By Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Juliana Menasce Horowitz is a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center. The views expressed are her own.

When U.S. President Barack Obama travels to Mexico this week, he will encounter a Mexican public that has far more positive attitudes about the United States than at any time in the last several years.

America’s image south of the border fell sharply in 2010, when Arizona passed a “show me your papers” law aimed at identifying, prosecuting and deporting immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. But Mexican views have rebounded since then, and U.S. favorability ratings are now at their highest point since 2009. The prospects for U.S. immigration reform may be, at least in part, the source of renewed Mexican approval of their neighbor to the north.

A new Pew Research Center poll found that 66 percent of Mexicans have a favorable opinion of the U.S., up 10 percentage points from a year ago and up 22 points from May 2010, immediately following the enactment of Arizona’s immigration law. The last time America’s image was as strong among Mexicans was in 2009, when 69 percent said they had a favorable opinion.

Opinions of Obama, though more positive than in 2012, are still mixed – 49 percent express confidence in the American president, while 39 percent have little or no confidence in him, compared with a year ago, when 42 percent of Mexicans said they had confidence in Obama and 46 percent said they did not.

This boost in America’s image comes amidst rising expectations that Washington may soon reform U.S. immigration laws.

More than 11 million native-born Mexicans live in the U.S., including about 6 million who are in the country illegally – by far the largest segment of the undocumented population, according to estimates by the Pew Research Center. In June 2012, Obama authorized the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, giving more than one million undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children the chance to apply for temporary but renewable work permits and avoid deportation. It is estimated that 70 percent of those eligible for the program are from Mexico.

Obama carried the Latino vote by 71 percent to 27 percent in his 2012 reelection victory.  Since then, the president and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators have been working on legislation that would remove the risk of deportation and open a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. These legislative developments have been followed closely by the Spanish-language media.

But this resurgence in goodwill for America coexists with continued skepticism about Uncle Sam’s intentions and influence in Mexico. And Obama himself, although now more popular than a year ago, receives only lukewarm ratings there. The president’s trip, which is being billed by the White House as an “opportunity to reinforce the deep cultural, familial and economic ties that so many Americans share with Mexico and Central America,” is also a chance for Obama to improve his own image on several key issues regarding the U.S.-Mexico relationship.

One challenge will be to convince Mexicans that Washington sees them as a full partner. About half of Mexicans say their neighbor to the north takes Mexico’s interests into account; 45 percent say it does not. And while the vast majority of Mexicans generally sees the benefits of strong economic ties with the U.S., their opinions are more mixed about the impact America is currently having on Mexico’s economy, with 33 percent saying U.S. influence is positive and 28 percent saying it is negative.

Besides talks on economic ties and collaboration on immigration and border security, Obama is likely to hear from Mexico about the U.S. role in the country’s ongoing fight against drug traffickers.  Currently, 56 percent of Mexicans blame both the U.S. and their own country for the drug violence in Mexico, while one-fifth say the U.S. alone bears most of the responsibility.

Mexicans welcome their neighbor’s cooperation in combating this serious problem, with about three-quarters saying they want U.S. help in training Mexican police and military to combat drug trafficking, and 55 more than half saying they approve of the U.S. providing money and weapons to their country’s police and military. But they draw the line at any American boots on the ground, with 59 percent rejecting the deployment of U.S. troops to their country to fight narco-traffickers.

The drug war, immigration and the economic relationship between the U.S. and Mexico are among the items bound to be on the agenda when Obama visits Mexico this week, and Mexican opinion regarding U.S. involvement on these issues has shifted in a somewhat more positive direction in recent years. The question now is whether the two countries can build on the promise fostered by the proposed immigration policy and cement some the progress that appears to have been made.

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  1. Ralph Hagen

    If people break our National Security laws to get here, they need to be sent back to their own country, not given citizenship. This country doesn't have enough work for legal citizens and Politicians want to give away our country to those who don't believe in our laws to begin with, which would make it harder for us to find work.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • KingGrumpy

      There are plenty of jobs here. People are just lazy and want everything handed to them. People want a job? Look for one.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:52 am | Reply
      • Terry

        Bullcrap.

        May 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
      • j. von hettlingen

        The way Mexicans see Americans can be likened to how the Turks see the Germans. Mexico is – like Turkey – an economic powerhouse regionally and they all want a new set of rules than those dictated in the old days.

        May 2, 2013 at 10:21 am |
      • j. von hettlingen

        The only advantage the Turks have vis-à-vis the Germans is that they aren't neighbours.
        Otherwise, both Mexico and Turkey face the same prejudices and discriminations from their big brothers.

        May 2, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
      • Patrick

        I'm not sure if you're a greedy liar or just misinformed.

        May 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
      • cj

        New jobs report being touted by CNN...most of the new jobs are in food service...you know the kinds of jobs that you end up working 60hr weeks and still end up unable to make rent.

        May 3, 2013 at 9:29 am |
      • Karla Duenas

        Totally agree. Plus having a whole new bunch of people taking your jobs, which jobs, washing dishes, or housekeeping, which by the way, Americans don't want to do. It allows for Americans to go back to school and improve themselves and get higher Education. Plus new jobs from the people that are already here working, those will too be accountable to pay for taxes, which by the way right now they dont have to pay taxes. So totally agree with you.

        May 3, 2013 at 9:30 am |
      • Wes Scott

        You are a fool if you believe what you said!

        May 3, 2013 at 9:55 am |
      • Tessa

        The only reason it appears like the unemployment is going down is because once benefits run out they no longer count you as unemployed. I'm sure your next argument is that it's jobs Americans won't do, and to that I say bull. Many of the jobs done by illegals here used to be done by Americans, the illegals undercut the wages and lower our standard of living. Do your homework before you comment and certainly before you vote. STOP DRINKING THE KOOL-AID

        May 3, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • New User

      How do you think the Indian's felt.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Reply
      • MrId

        Yes. Let's base are policies on the 1800s. That's progress.

        May 2, 2013 at 8:37 am |
      • MrId

        our

        May 2, 2013 at 8:38 am |
      • Matt

        So the tragedy that was the systematic persecution of the Native Americans somehow justifies a modern trend which parallels it in a number of ways. Talk about the WRONG lessons to learn from history.

        May 2, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
    • Rain Maker

      Illegal immigrants has always been a problem in America. Just ask the NATIVE AMERICANS!

      May 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Reply
      • Shan

        Well said. I bet the Indians are last one laughing!

        May 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
      • x3zy

        It's always been a problem in Mexico as well. Just ask Geronimo and all the Apaches that were exterminated by the Mexican government. Maybe the Yaqui Indians who were victims of genocide and slavery in Mexico...in 1915. Maybe the 45 Tzoltzi Indians killed in 1997 by the Mexican Army. Sorry but Mexico is in no position to gripe about the genocide of Indians. They have been playing that game and winning it long before the United States ever had.

        May 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
      • Nodack

        Just ask the Mexicans. The west was part of Mexico before Americans left the US to form their own country to get away from paying taxes. They called their new country Texas. Unfortunately for them their new country was already part of Mexico. Mexico said you can live in Mexico, but you have to pay taxes like everybody else. The Texans didn't like that arrangement one bit and said get lost, this is our new country and you can't do anything about it. Mexico sent an Army to enforce their laws. The Texans fearing being killed asked the US to send help. The US said no way Jose, you wanted to be on your own, now own up to it. Next the Texans and Mexicans met at the Alamo where they fought valiantly, but in the end lost to Mexico. The US decided to avenge their former citizens deaths and went after the Mexican army where they cornered their leader and said "sign over the west to us or die". The leader agreed and badabing the US achieved its "manifest destiny.

        May 1, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
      • hunbeesara

        Geronimo died at Fort Sill, Oklahoma – not in Mexico.

        May 1, 2013 at 10:58 pm |
      • SouthOhioGOP

        I'm really sick of the "Native American" Moral equivalency. I have no guilt. Yes, my ancestors conquered this land and took for themselves and I will be damned if we allow Latin America to do it to us.

        May 2, 2013 at 12:01 am |
      • x3zy

        Absolutely wrong about Texas and everything else about the history of the state. Paying taxes??? Are you kidding me? In 1820, Moses Austin received permission from the Spanish government to bring in families into Texas. The Spanish said yes but the agreement was voided when Mexico gained it's independence from Spain the next year. The colonists felt that the Mexican government was not providing adequate support and protection to Texas. They tried to negotiate with Santa Anna and Stephen Austin went to Mexico City to represent Texas. For his troubles, Austin was placed into prison. The town of Gonzales had a cannon to protect the colonists from the Indians but the Mexican government was sent to take it in September of 1835. The Texans refused to relinquish their weapons and fired the cannon against them. Known as the Gonzales Incident. This started the Texas War of Independence. A deligation from Texas traveled to D.C. to secure support from the US and Sam Houston volunteered to fight and became the commander in chief of the Texas Army. After the defeat at the Alamo and Goliad, Texas beat Sana Anna at the San Jacinto River. Texas President Burnet and Mexican President Santa Anna signed the Treaty of Valesco and lobbied for Texas independence. The Mexican government refused to recognize it as an independent republic and considered it as one of it's rebellious provinces it could reclaim. The nation struggled and sought to gain protection and financial help from the United States. The US government sent troops to the Rio grande which clashed with the Mexican government and US forces declared was in May 1846.

        May 2, 2013 at 12:07 am |
      • x3zy

        Didn't say Geronimo died in Mexico. The entire tribe was originally south of Arizona in Mexico. It was pushed into the United States by the Mexican government after they were being exterminated. Mexican soldiers killed his mother, wife and three children. Once in Mexico, he clashed with troops of the US and agreed to surrender. He lived in Lawton, Oklahoma and told his story to the US Department of Education. He was thrown from his horse and died on pneumonia and buried in Fort Still Oklahoma. It is rumored that his skull was stolen from a fraternity at Yale University and kept by them till this day.

        May 2, 2013 at 12:13 am |
      • Strong Tower

        Rain Maker did you give up your “illegally” gotten property back to the Indians or are you still claiming that land your house sits on as yours. Also, do you recognize the U.S. government as a valid government? Or do you refute every law that is passed by the Government?

        Also with the Native American analogy do you know what happen to majority of the natives living here…eventually they were either killed or moved off their land. If you want to continue with the Native American analogy what about this one: The Trojan Horse.

        Another thing is why if I go to Mexico or Canada I need a passport to return to my homeland of the U.S., however, people that are not even from this country can just cross the border anytime.

        May 2, 2013 at 10:03 am |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        LOL!

        May 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
      • Lance

        What makes a Native American... native?

        May 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
      • Wes Scott

        Nodack, your knowledge of Texas history would fill a very small thimble! Nothing you said is accurate. I have no idea where you got your education, but you should demand a refund because it was either a really bad education, or else you just lacked the ability to comprehend it.

        May 3, 2013 at 10:01 am |
      • Richard

        Seriously, that is a funny comment. I don't know if you meant it that way or not but that is funny.

        May 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
      • marcus

        Yes, lets ask the "Native Americans", the one that crossed the Bering Land straight, or the ones they killed upon arival?

        May 16, 2013 at 6:05 am |
    • felipe

      so you're really going to tell me you'll work as a delivery person 12 hrs a day, 6 days a week for $7.00?

      May 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Reply
      • x3zy

        So is that supposed to be a good thing? Millions of people working for $7.00 or less with no chance of a future? Sometimes
        not being paid at all.

        May 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
    • Michael, Chapel Hill

      Most of the city councils are in favor of illegals and are gratifying them at tax payer's expense. They feel good about themselves. It is the vote bank for Democrats...they want a World Govt...they are money makers for the business. No one is ready to serve the cause of a free nation with borders.

      May 2, 2013 at 9:03 am | Reply
      • hypatia

        Try Reynold's wrap instead of that cheap foil you got at Costco. It makes a better hat.

        May 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
      • Wes Scott

        WOW! First, you blame city councils for businesses hiring illegals, then you call them Democrat vote banks that want a one world government, and then you claim they are money makers for Big Business. You are one seriously deluded dude who is full of denial.

        City Councils have little or nothing to do with illegals or who hires them. If you had ever attended a city council meeting anywhere, then you would already know that. And, Democrats do NOT benefit from an illegal immigrant vote bank – it is a proven fact that the number of illegal votes cast in any one election are single digits – hardly enough to be of any consequence.

        It is the GOP that preaches the New World Order (remember the Bushes?) The GOP wants a one world government controlled by the megawealthy oligarchs of the Fourth Reich. But, to claim that Democrats are the supporters of Big Business proves that you really don't have a clue. It is the other way around – Big Business supports (and controls) BOTH Republicans and Democrats through campaign financing and lobbying.

        If you believe anything you said on these matters, then I truly feel sorry for you because you are obviously quite dumb and easily manipulated.

        May 3, 2013 at 10:16 am |
    • Baalzabarber

      Where ya from Ralph? I live in So Cal. There are TONS of jobs. But Americans are too lazy and/or wont do menial tasks. They would rather go on the dole. The immigrants here do the work that US citizens wont take. The immigrants are not the problem, its the leeches

      May 2, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • Jon

      I'm a white male republican. Red blooded American. Conservative through and through. And...I would jump the border any day to get to the U.S. to put food on my kids table. That's all their doin...trying to feed themselves. I don't blame them for one minute. Wouldn't hurt the national debt to bring em on board to pay some taxes as well. Honest to God..I would jump that border 100 times over to feed my family...and I'd do it with a yellow "don't tread on me" t-shirt on too.

      May 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Reply
      • Ivan

        Finally someone who speaks some sense. Yes, If it was a question of feeding my kids, anything goes. Without a question. Anyone saying differently is deluding themselves

        May 3, 2013 at 9:49 am |
      • felipe

        You my friend, are the reason why I have hope in America's future.

        May 4, 2013 at 10:59 am |
      • marcus

        So, you want to reward them for breaking the law? What kind of example does that set? Why is it Africa for Africans, Asia for Asians, but White countries for all? What makes ours so great? Part of it is the laws we used to enforce. These days though most illegal immigrants are given a pat on the bottom and told not to do it again. They don't see any consequences for breaking American law as they are no,t and don't consider themselves American. Maybe instead of posting such tripe you should do a little research first. Look up the Mexican immigration policy.

        May 16, 2013 at 6:11 am |
    • miguelcentenosr

      If people break our National Security laws to get here, they need to be sent back to their own country, not given citizenship. This country doesn't have enough work for legal citizens and Politicians want to give away our country to those who don't "believe in our laws to begin with, which would make it harder for us to find work." Is exactly what we Mexicans should of said to all the foreigners entering our former Mexican states of Arizona, CA, and Texas-instead we let them in and the rest is history.

      May 2, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Reply
    • Tessa

      Of course they view us favorably, they can come here illegally, get free housing, free food, free medical, and education in their native language and still work enough to send money home till the rest of their family can get here. They also come here and commit crimes at an astonishing rate, lower our wages, make our schools, hospitals, and social services collapse under their weight without contributing a dime. The president and any politician giving them a free pass and promoting this crap should be shoot for treason!

      May 3, 2013 at 11:04 am | Reply
  2. eatmorechicken

    Oh good ! since we have allowed them to more easily break the law, and do so without fearing any penalties ..they like us more now. wow !

    I say put up a wall and start shooting anyone who tries to climb over it.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:31 am | Reply
    • Pilot

      Well they are more like the 47%. These are new Dem voters, so It really doesn't matter about laws and all that stuff, Give them free housing, education, food, phones, ect and we can enjoy the continued demise of our country. Hey but we will all be enlightened progressives!

      May 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Reply
      • randyb

        Guess you folks forgot that George Bush wanted to make all the illegals ...legal. Very short memories.

        May 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
      • AZUREUS

        Living in Canada I can tell you that folks from other countries, although realize the United States has an immigration problem which US nationals seem to enjoy talking about instead of solving someone who professes that the way to solve the problem is to "shoot them" is more of a problem for your country than any immigrants ever will be.

        May 2, 2013 at 8:22 am |
    • Dudeguy

      Hey man, your Klan robes are showing.

      May 1, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Reply
      • Strong Tower

        So protecting a national border from an invading army is wrong. Should we send approximately 11 + million people to Mexico illegally? How would they respond?

        May 2, 2013 at 10:06 am |
    • Rob

      So are you saying we should be more like North Korea? Conservatives really are hypocrites.

      May 1, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Reply
      • Dean

        Maybe we can just let a few dozen live in your house while YOU support them.

        May 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • anne112

      Super idea! And let's throw out all the illegals that are already here. We can replace the ones who work in agriculture picking produce with american workers at triple their meagre salary, thus pushing the price of food to astronomical highs, and forcing all those fat americans to eat less, lose weight and prevent all the diseases caused by obesity that will one day bankrupt the us healthcare system. There; I've solved all the problems facing the US today and I haven't even finished my 2nd cup of coffee.

      May 2, 2013 at 9:53 am | Reply
    • felipe

      So according to you, all mexicans living in the United States are illegal aliens?

      May 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Reply
    • Ivan

      yeah, no way that could go wrong.

      May 3, 2013 at 9:50 am | Reply
    • Karla Duenas

      just go eat more chicken

      May 3, 2013 at 10:08 am | Reply
  3. thesaj

    So their opinions rise because they may have the opportunity for more gain.

    And we should care why?

    May 1, 2013 at 10:48 am | Reply
  4. Roger

    They like us more now because we let them have their way with our border laws. I would rather have them hate us and have our borders sealed.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:04 am | Reply
    • KingGrumpy

      Yes, because Mexican immigrants are such a huge threat to national security. What we really need to fear in this country are white christian males between the ages of 18-45.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:54 am | Reply
      • jjcooley

        this drivel again....

        May 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
      • John

        You are a idiot and should be put down.

        May 1, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
      • Rob

        This man speaks truth.

        May 1, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
      • x3zy

        You should. Those white people are tired of having there jobs replaced and their country taken from them and have cries of racism thrown in their face when they tried to protest.

        May 1, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
      • AZUREUS

        Amen!

        May 2, 2013 at 8:24 am |
      • Wes Scott

        King Grumpy, I could not agree with you more! White, Christian males between the ages of 18 and 45 are the greatest threat to the nation,and to themselves. Christianity, in and of itself, is the greatest threat to America, and who champions illegal immigration more than the Catholic Church? NOBODY!

        May 3, 2013 at 10:39 am |
    • Esteban

      Do any Mexicans care what the USA thinks of Mexico? We should just have USA immigration laws mirror the Mexican immigration laws (hint: they are not as "nice" as ours). Problem solved.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:56 am | Reply
      • BRB

        Thank you for the reality check. Try living in Mexico without a visa or one that expired – you will go to jail until they send you home on a bus.

        May 1, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
    • Dudeguy

      Sure, let's close our borders and only think about ourselves.

      Sure worked for North Korea.

      May 1, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Reply
      • Yakobi

        It's worked wonders for SOUTH Korea, genius.

        May 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
      • x3zy

        Mexico certainly has no problem doing it. Just ask someone from El Salvador what happens if you cross into Mexico illegally.

        May 1, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
      • Wes Scott

        We only need to close our borders to ILLEGAL entry! We have always had a legal process for entering the US.

        May 3, 2013 at 10:41 am |
  5. Grant Herbster

    how do you secure the border with a fence that has slots in it to put your foot in to climb over? hasn't anyone heard of razor wire? or how about using the twenty foot high solid concrete fence that the Israelies use?

    May 1, 2013 at 11:07 am | Reply
  6. Brian Schwarz

    To quote President Ulysses S. Grant, "war [with Mexico] which resulted as one of the most unjust ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation. It was an instance of a republic following the bad example of European monarchies, in not considering justice in their desire to acquire additional territory."
    Maybe Americans should be grateful that Mexicans don't hate them more.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • Joe American

      maybe you should move there

      May 1, 2013 at 11:34 am | Reply
    • x3zy

      Sorry. I remember the Alamo and the Goilad Massacre. I could care less what the Mexicans think after that.

      May 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  7. SilentBoy741

    Maybe THEY should be more grateful we didn't annex everything north of the Panama Canal when we had the chance.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • Kugellager

      The Panama Canal would be a much better southern border than our current border with Mexico.

      May 2, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • Jon

      That makes no sense. Maybe the shouldn't be happy about that...cuz if we would have there would be no illegal mexican immigrants.

      May 2, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  8. michrants

    Why on Earth do we care how Mexicans view the US? How is this news?

    May 1, 2013 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • felipe

      see, this kind of thinking is the reason why half the world wants to kill us.

      May 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Reply
      • x3zy

        Right. The Mexicans are sooooo concerned by what we think of them. They could care less that we are angry at 11-18 million of them living in our country illegally and crying racism if we don't give in to every one of their demands.

        May 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
  9. archie

    There is little doubt that the United States has a problem with our immigration laws. First and foremost is that they are simply not enforced. Second, they probably need to be tweaked to simplify and shorten the process to enter the country legally. Most of the people entering this country illegally seem to be from Mexico and they come here mainly for economic reasons. We should first explore ways to solve the problem in a manner other than Senate Bill 744 which is a pathway to citizenship or amnesty by another name. I wonder what would be the response of the citizens of Mexico if we offered to allow Mexico to become our 51st state? Think of the benefits to those on both sides of the border/

    May 1, 2013 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • KingGrumpy

      Are they taking your field job Archie? No? You never worked in a field? Then shut up.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:55 am | Reply
      • archie

        Thanks for the response. At least I got your attention, so what is your proposal to solve the problem. merely being negative almost never provides a solution to a problem. what do you do with 11m people here illegally, shot them? How about if we help increase their economy in their own country so that there is no incentive for them to come here. In reply to your post, I spent much of my life working of a farm doing stoop labor, so yes I know stoop labor.

        May 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
      • JAG

        Relax Archie. Little Grumpy is sitting back in his chair giggling because he pushed your button and got a response. He has no knowledge past his mischievousness.

        May 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
      • John

        Have you? All I know is I live in Arizona. Had to sell my last home before I lost more money, cause these stupid Illegals move into my neighborhood and have 15 people live in a 3 bedroom home. There was always kids toys outside the home. Broken down cars that sat on their lawn. And once I counted 3 shopping carts from Fry's in their driveway. The only good Mexican is a dead one as far as I am concerned.

        May 1, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
      • x3zy

        There are millions of them in LA, Dallas, Houston and New York. Didn't know there were fields in big cities like that.

        May 1, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
      • Texican

        John
        "Had to sell my last home before I lost more money, cause these stupid Illegals move into my neighborhood ... The only good Mexican is a dead one as far as I am concerned."
        ---------------------------–

        John, I'm a Mexican-American professional who has immigrant parents. Much like you, I too have a home. And I pray every day that the likes of poor white trash like you keep your trailer parks away from my home to devalue it. Works both ways, you bigoted jack@ss.

        May 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
      • Chandler

        John – cross streets? lol.

        May 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
      • felipe

        @ John. Id like for you to come say that to my face, sir.

        May 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
  10. trevor bryant of flagstaff arizona

    well gee, it's amazing how when their opinion of US was negative, they slowed how fast they flooded over the borders, and were flooding over before when they loved us. It's SOOOOO great to finally have their approval, since now illegal immigrants are streaming across the border at pre recession levels again. I'm so happy that no one sees a corelation here. Arizona has it right: don't worry about fining or deporting the illegals, make employers accountable... hire 3 illegals without proof you looked for citizenship OR YOU ARE OUT OF BUSINESS PERMANENTLY. 1 million illegals left Arizona in less than a month (look it up) after it took effect. No job unless you are here legally = no more illegals. SIMPLE!!!!

    May 1, 2013 at 11:56 am | Reply
    • Ivan

      A law like that will never pass. Business wants immigrants. Business gets what it wants. Enjoy capitalism

      May 3, 2013 at 9:52 am | Reply
  11. User

    Work permits and temporary residence permits, renewable upon demonstrated merit to those that have not broken any other laws is what I would propose. Amnisty by any other name (like "reform") is still amnisty. Did the prior 2 amnisties solve anything? The answer is no; in fact, they made things worse. This 3rd amnisty would absolutely positively lead to the same situation down the road and pressure for a 4th amnisty, and on and on. Amnisty does not solve the root causes of the problem. The status quo is preferable to another amnisty, says I. Have at it, haters.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  12. Marion: All of you are unwared how many "white etc" come across our Northern boarders since WWi. Ex. The Germans blend well in Minn. Wis, etc. What about all the Aussies that use addresses in cities so their children get free education. What about familie

    Look at the above name section for my view. Its so true but its not in the "BOX"!

    May 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • x3zy

      LOL! Oh yes...all those damn Aussies that flood are schools.

      May 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  13. Charles Beiswanger

    Yes like every other country they will take our money but not troops to help. Not that we need to send troops into Mexico, that would be another quagmire. We should put troops on the border and then anyone who makes it across gets to stay, make it like a test. Most immigrants who come here tend to be on the whole law abiding types, so other than breaking some feel good immigration law, they tend to be law abiding hard working, harder working than me anyhow. What the Mexicans have to do is start making fake Cuban paperwork and then they get to stay, welcomed with open arms. Haven't figured out why someone hasn't done it yet.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  14. Rain Maker

    Illegal immigrants has always been a problem in America. Just ask the NATIVE AMERICANS!

    May 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • Redbone

      I totally agree....This country belonged to the Native Americans from the start and the white man came in and tricked, betrayed and took advantage of them and forced them into a life of reservation living...And all these years later the ingorance is still as heavy as it was back then. While one race is so ignorant to think that they have the superiority over every other race is baffling to me. And the fact that thew are entilted to everything is the primary reason why we have Global warming today...Nothing but greed, and more greed...Get over it, life is different now, most people regardless of their race "don't" want to hear all of the "ignorance" pewing from the negatives of the world....I am from the blood line of Blackfoot indian, due to my Grandmother was pure blooded, and I think it is simply "appaling" what was done to the native americans!

      May 1, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Reply
      • x3zy

        So what! Mexico is a country that was built on a sea of blood from the Natives in that country. So was most Latin American countries. Does that not mean that they are sovereign countries with immigration laws. There is not once race of people in this world that hasn't been oppressed or been the oppressor. What happened to Native Americans in this country hundreds of years ago is not a moral passport of Mexicans to violate immigration law. Trust me, they have no moral ground to walk on. The Mexican Army killed 45 Tzotzil Indians in 1997. Not 1897 but 1997.

        May 1, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
    • VladT

      Must we always have the same, tired, comparing apples to hand grenades argument.

      May 3, 2013 at 9:32 am | Reply
  15. Pete

    If they should be rationalised and detached from material attachment, they would soon learn that US is the last place anyone would one to go.

    May 1, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • Jessica

      This is a dying empire. I doubt we have two years. The historical parallels with the Roman Empire are uncanny. It's as if we're following a script and we're in its death throes. Then there are parallels with the Great Depression, but this time it's going to be worse because nobody has any savings. Another set of parallels are spiritual parallels with Israel. Three sets of parallels converging at once. We're doomed.

      May 2, 2013 at 1:57 am | Reply
  16. willy

    Mexico wants us to take as many of them as let in, so they don't have any reason to fix their corrupt broken country. The country is riddled with corruption, which results in no jobs. Even Walmart has joiined in on the corruption. We need to boycot Mexico bring their government to it's knees and force them to fix the corruption, provide decent paying jobs. Then and only then will the immigration slow down to a crawl. yes I'm a us born hispanic so liberals don't even start. COME ON AMERICA JOIN ME! BOYCOT BOYCOT BOYCOT, BUY NOTHING MADE IN MEXICO!!!!

    May 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • William

      Yes buy Chinese! They only make poisoned pet food and kids toys with lead and barium in it.
      Its getting harder to find anything made in Mexico except tequila and lately I have been drinking a bit more of it.

      May 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Reply
      • William

        I can reply to myself?

        May 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
      • x3zy

        Boycott Mexican goods? I didn't know there was anything that wasn't made in China anymore.

        May 1, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
  17. William

    Why cant our immigration system be more like Mexico's? They dont seem to be having these same problems dividing the Citizens in their country. I guess now that Hispanics have replaced Black Americans as the minority of choice Democrats will never allow a sensible solution to immigration such as the one in Mexico. Citizenship and food stamps for a vote than right into the ghettos with the Back Americans to fight for what scraps a Dems hand throws to them.
    Hope and Change?

    May 1, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  18. iburn

    We should really care what anyone else in the world thinks about our country, why exactly? As far as I'm concerned, think what you want about the US, but DO NOT expect us to change our ways to suit you. That goes for any immigrating here, as well.

    May 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  19. iburn

    We should really care what anyone else in the world thinks about our country, why exactly? As far as I'm concerned, think what you want about the US, but DO NOT expect us to change our ways to suit you. That goes for anyone immigrating here, as well.

    May 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  20. Terry

    I would imagine they see America as an unending buffet of freebies, a place where they can behave with impunity.

    May 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  21. Charles M.

    Anyone who favors amnesty should take a visit to Tucson and other cities near the US-Mexico border to see what allowing a flood of immigrants from countries to our south will do to the U.S. The Hispanic immigrants, especially those who live in the SW United States are not like other immigrants to our country, especially those who came from Ireland, Italy, and Eastern Europe a century ago. The typical modern Hispanic immigrant has little (if any) loyalty to the U.S., refuses to assimilate, refuses to learn the language, and wants to turn their neighborhoods here into the same third-world neighborhoods they left behind, with the exception of all the free stuff courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer. And this is all celebrated in the name of "diversity."

    May 1, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Reply
    • felipe

      In response to your comment sir, I'd like to point out that during the migration waves of the late 1800's-early 1900's, the European migrants formed their own communities where Italian, Irish, Yiddish, and many other languages were the predominant languages in those communities. Poverty and crime were also high, and I'm sure you've heard of tenements. I'd also like to point out that assimilation into American society took several generations and up to this day their descendants still celebrate holidays that pay tribute to their heritage. I myself am a first generation American. My father is a Mexican born US citizen and is very loyal to this country, and same goes for other people I know. I think the reason why 'we' aren't like other immigrants to you is due to the fact that our skin isn't white.

      May 1, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Reply
      • x3zy

        I am an immigrant myself. Of course this country has a history of immigration but it needs to be done in a legal way. The path that I entered. Another problem is that people from Latin America are not assimilating. The opposite is happening. The immigrants you described made an effort to learn the language. Didn't demand bilingual education in Yiddish or Italian. Those immigrants didn't threaten to wreck the economy like the illegals did on May Day in 2006 or the "Day without A Mexican". There is no point in bringing in millions of immigrants to begin with when the economy is in such bad shape. Kids with college degrees are working in McDonalds and doing unskilled labor jobs. The immigrants were once able to move into this country to make it better. Now they are being used to be exploited and to replace the American worker for a poverty wage.

        May 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
      • felipe

        @x3zy.....Please dude, don't give me that crap how those people made the effort to learn the language. They themselves learned just enough English to be able to live here and that's something Mexican immigrants have done themselves. I know many immigrants, including in my family, who speak fluent English and who speak only English to their kids. And assimilating? we celebrate every American holiday, whether its thanksgiving or the Fourth of July, hell, even Black Friday. Our kids, some who happen to be illegal, serve in the military and serve in the Border Patrol. So don't tell me how we don't want to assimilate. I'm sure if our skin was white, maybe we'd be assimilating much easier according to "real" americans.

        May 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
      • x3zy

        They learned just enough? Don't think so. Most of the Korean kids in my school got some of the best SAT scores. Many immigrants did not learn enough just to get by. Trust me. You think people are paranoid about the illegals moving into this country? Just look at what some of them are saying on this website. Multiply this by several million and that will get Americans a little scared, angry and paranoid.

        May 2, 2013 at 11:29 pm |
      • felipe

        Dude, you're talking about younger immigrants, who being young, find it easier to learn the language. I'm talking about a good portion of immigrants who come here in their 30+ years who find it harder to learn the language and yet make the attempt to learn it and don't say they don't cause i'm sure you've never actually interacted one on one with the average Mexican immigrant.

        May 4, 2013 at 10:40 am |
  22. Galactus98

    We need to send back the 6 million illegal aliens currently living in the United States back to Mexico. When President Obama visits Mexico, he should talk to their leaders about when we can expect the money to pay for their return to Mexico. We should also bring Mexico a bill for the cost of their welfare, education of the children and medical care.

    May 1, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Reply
    • Texican

      Please also make sure to factor in the taxes that those illegals pay into the US economy and return it to them before you drop them off.

      May 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Reply
      • soulcatcher

        ... minus the services rendered too them: Include a bill that they have to pay before they leave.

        May 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
      • x3zy

        If they are here illegally, they don't pay taxes. They don't even have a social security number so it is impossible for them to pay taxes. The only way they can pay taxes if they have stolen a social security number. In that case, I have no sympathy for anyone who committed a felony.

        May 2, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
  23. Wally

    How do they see America? Let's just say Mexico is a southern exposure.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  24. Milagros

    Los estados unidos de latin america.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Reply
    • Jessica

      Estos idiotas!! El gobierno de USA y sus empresas roban y matan en Latino América . Por eso fueron ricos pero ya no. El USA es un imperio moribundo. Los países del tercer mundo son creados a través de la deuda. El USA cuenta con más de 16 billones de dólares de deuda y su producto interno bruto es de 14 billones de dólares! Arruinados! Sólo saben cómo resolver los problemas a través de la guerra. Tienen demasiada sangre en sus manos. Les deben a los Chinos demasiado tamnbien. La tercera guerra mundial está en el horizonte. Si se quedarían fuera de nuestro patio, nos quedaríamos fuera de los de ellos.

      May 2, 2013 at 1:34 am | Reply
    • Siempre Nos Tratan Mal

      Pues si es verdad! Ellos quieren no mas los votos de la gente Hispana y Latina y que trabajenos duro y despues te dan una patada en la cola y se olvidan de uno! No son nuestros amigos, gente. Que no se les olvide nunca! Siguen maltratandonos. Ellos se creen el jefe pero nuestro Dios sabe lo que pasa aqui con ellos y nos ayudara'!

      May 2, 2013 at 10:33 am | Reply
  25. Jack33

    Pot, kettle, black? – Ask a Honduran, El Salvadoran, or Guatemalan how Mexico (other than Catholic sanctuaries) treats them when caught entering Mexico illegally...the US is much kinder and tolerant.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Reply
    • Enough is Enough

      Mexico sure knows how to protect their southern border, we could learn a lot from them on this issue.

      May 2, 2013 at 9:01 am | Reply
  26. miscreantsall

    Oh great, their opinion of us is better!

    Expect another huge wave of Mexicans entering the USA.

    Great.

    May 2, 2013 at 3:21 am | Reply
  27. RD Carrington

    "The prospects for U.S. immigration reform may be, at least in part, the source of renewed Mexican approval of their neighbor to the north."

    If my neighbor was taking on so much of my debt load, I'd probably "approve" of them too! This whole article is ridiculous.

    May 2, 2013 at 7:05 am | Reply
  28. insanetimes

    The question that arises is: What is Mexico doing to reform it's political and social structure to provide jobs and a better life for their own citizens? That appears to be what drives most immigrants north.

    May 2, 2013 at 7:24 am | Reply
    • felipe

      Many reforms actually. Education reform, trust busting reforms, energy reform, and social programs designed to alleviate poverty. If you paid attention to news, stats show that migration from mexico since 2010 has trickled down to the a net of zero, due to the fact that mexico's economy is gaining traction and a growing middle class.

      May 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  29. Mark

    Land of free welfare for one and all no matter if you an illegal.

    May 2, 2013 at 8:02 am | Reply
  30. Tom

    Mexico is in America,please learn geography.

    May 2, 2013 at 8:20 am | Reply
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